How important is behavioral change in helping patients meet their goals?


I’ve written about it before, but understanding behavioral change plays a critical role in how clinicians can help their patients achieve their goals, overcome their limitations, and adopt healthy lifestyle habits. I was able to spend a bit of time over the summer chatting with Stephanie Lancaster from the On the Air OT Podcast about that very topic.


In fact, we also talked about my career trajectory from being a biomechanics practitioner to adopting a biopsychosocial approach, my leap into consulting, and what lead me to begin doing work in the field of behavioral health and developmental disabilities.


Here’s a little bit about what we cover on the interview:


I actually put together a resource page for listeners of the show, full of free resources, downloads, and extra reads. You can find that here.


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Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L (Rafi) is the Principal Owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions and the host of The Better Outcomes Show. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. Rafi has worked in a variety of settings, from orthopedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, to academia, and even healthcare consulting. He spent the majority of his clinical experience working at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, where he was the lead clinician and clinical education coordinator for the outpatient specialty rehab program. In this role, he treated many veterans with chronic pain and helped to establish an interdisciplinary pain management program. He has worked on projects ranging from patient engagement initiatives to marketing communication campaigns to a multi million dollar project assisting the State of Georgia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities transition individuals out of state institutions to community residences. He also has experience as a core faculty member at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, and he serves on the Board of Directors for NBCOT. He works to help healthcare clinics and organizations deliver uniquely impactful patient experiences by improving service delivery through training & advisement and through courses & training programs.

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